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Akama Shrine赤間神宮


The Akama Shrine is dedicated to the Antoku Emperor, whose maternal grandfather was Taira no Kiyomori, and who drowned at the age of eight following the defeat of the Taira Clan in the Battle of Dan-no-ura. The Shrine is located in Amidaiji district, Shimonoseki City. The red-painted Suiten-mon gate (the Shrine’s main gate) which faces Dan-on-ura has magnificent decoration that evokes the supposed appearance of the underwater palace of the Dragon King. The Shrine grounds also contain the Nanamori-zuka (Seven Mounds), dedicated to the Heike (Taira) clan generals who died in the Battle of Dan-no-ura, and a statue of Hoichi, a character in the ghost story “Hoichi the Earless”. The Homotsu-den (Treasure House), for which there is an admission charge, preserves various literary works including a copy of the 20-chapter “Nagatobon Heike Monogatari” which has been designated as an Important Cultural Property, etc. After sunset, the Suiten-mon gate is illuminated, creating a beautiful spectacle which is not to be missed.


Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Amidaijichou 4-1 (Shimonoseki / UbeArea)

phone 0832314138

[Granting place] 9:00-17:00

Review of Akama Shrine

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Reviewed:2018/11/27 Cool Gate, otherwise typical shrine
Akama Shrine has one unique looking gate that sets it apart from the typical Japanese shrines. While not worth going out of the way for, it’s a short walk from Karato Market
Reviewed:2018/07/22 Shrine for Japanese history buffs
Akama shrine is dedicated to Antoku, a Japanese emperor who died as a child in the Battle of Dan-no-ura, which occurred nearby in 1185. This battle was important in the history of Japan because it...
Reviewed:2018/07/16 Picturesque, colourful and photogenic Shinto Shrine!
Picturesque, colourful and photogenic Shinto Shrine on the banks of the Kanmon Straits facing Mojiko. It may have been very busy with tourists by the busload when I visited, but on a bright sunny...

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Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Amidaijichou 4-1 [ map ]
Shimonoseki / UbeArea
[Granting place] 9:00-17:00
open everyday
[Treasure Museum] 100yen
Parking Lot
Available 50spaces
Credit Card
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          Heading west along Japan’s largest island, Honshu, the very last prefecture you’ll reach is Yamaguchi, separated from Kyushu by a small strip of water known as the Kanmon Straits, which the far-reaching harbor city Shimonoseki looks over. With water at every turn, the seafood of Yamaguchi is an indisputable highlight, and we’re not talking just the usual fish dishes—the notorious fugu, or puffer fish, is a Japanese delicacy that was discovered in Yamaguchi prefecture, making it the best place to try it out.

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